Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams signed their first practice squad player which none other than rookie linebacker Dakota Allen from Texas Tech University. Head Coach Sean Mcvay and Les Snead remained optimistic that Allen would clear waivers and they made it a priority to get him signed.
Shockwaves went through the Rams fan base once the final cuts of the 53-man roster finalized, and Allen was not listed. Allen, who impressed just about everyone on the coaching staff immediately became the fan-favorite.
Allen fulfilled his childhood dream and a promise that he committed to after a brush with the law. During his sophomore year at Texas Tech, Allen got arrested for breaking into a home during the winter school break stealing a gun safe containing seven firearms, a 40-inch TV, and two digital cameras. Following his arrest, Allen was subsequently dismissed from the Texas Tech football program and school transferring to an East Mississippi Community College.
Allen starred in the NETFLIX documentary on "Last Chance U" as he revived his career by winning a national junior college championship with East Mississippi Community College. Allen would contact Texas Tech shortly after graduating from EMCC and spoke to the coaching staff and administration and won them over for a second chance. It paid off as the Rams drafted Allen in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Now that Allen is back with the Rams expect for him to remain on the practice squad too long. Allen potentially can become promoted from the practice squad at any given time, mainly after an injury. Also, the practice does not protect him as any other NFL can sign him off the practice squad to their active roster.
The Rams will play their season opener in Charlotte, NC against the Carolina Panthers. Rams will travel there and remain optimistic about returning to Los Angeles with a victory and no injuries. They will be on a quest to return to the Super Bowl after losing 13-3 to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.